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Home Fronts of Iowa program May 7 at Toledo Library

May 2, 2019
Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Contributions to the World War II effort in Iowa will be the topic of Lisa Ossian's presentation on Tuesday, May 7, at the Toledo Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The program is free and all are invited. Refreshments will be provided.

Ossian is a professor of History at Des Moines Area Community College. Her presentation is sponsored by Humanities Iowa.

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Lisa Ossian

The home front contributions of Iowans and Americans were divided into four historical fronts: the farm front, the production front, the community front and the kitchen front. Food for Freedom directed American farmers in the all-out production needed for the war effort and the Allies' relief, and Iowa farmers led the nation in crop and live-stock production.

Iowa's small businesses and industries such as Maytag added to the "Arsenal of Democracy" by filling many military sub-contract orders while the two new-ly constructed ordnance plants in Burlington and Ankeny produced thousands of bombs and millions of machine gun bullets. Iowa's small towns and cities matched and exceeded records in the eight War Bond Drives as well as the numerous scrap drives for iron, paper, rubber and tin, and Iowa's women met the rationing and production requirements demanded from the federal government in all home kitchens.

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WHAT:?WWII Home Fronts of Iowa program presented by Humanities Iowa

WHEN:?Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Toledo Public Library, 206 E. High St.

Free, Public invited



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